By Ethan Huff
Reiterating its proud status as a sanctuary state for criminals, California is back in the news for harboring and protecting illegal aliens that otherwise would be lawfully detained and deported â€“ as they should be â€“ by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Reports indicateÂ that over the past 27 months, California has refused to honor a whopping 5,600 ICE detainers â€“ these being the holds that ICE agents file to local jails and police to request the turnover of illegal aliens for arrest and deportation.
Of these 5,600 refused ICE detainers, more than 3,400 of them involved illegal aliens classified as â€œlevel 1â€ and â€œlevel 2â€ offenders, meaning these individuals were found guilty of committing serious crimes like kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, fraud, illegal drug activity, and homicide.
About 250 of the ICE detainers that werenâ€™t honored had been filed in both Napa and Sonoma Counties, two areas of California that already had so-called â€œsanctuary cityâ€ policies in place before California more recently issued its statewide sanctuary policy.
In speaking withÂ Breitbart News TonightÂ during an exclusive interview that aired on SiriusXMâ€™s â€œPatriotâ€ channel, Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) Executive Director, Dale Wilcox, explained why sanctuary policies like this put law-abiding Americans, both in California and throughout the rest of the country, at serious risk.
â€œTheyâ€™re dangerous policies that cost Americans lives,â€ he stated. â€œWhat will it take for these anti-borders politicians to wake up and put the safety and security of their citizens, their legal residents, before the interests of criminal aliens?â€
California has created something of a legacy for itself over its refusal to hand over illegal alien offenders to ICE agents for deportation. And the result, time and time again, has been that these illegal alien offenders just continue to commit crime after crime after crime, knowing theyâ€™ll never face any real consequences for their actions.
This is what happened with illegal alien Javier Hernandez-Morales, who had previously been deported three times when he tried to murder deputy Riley Jarecki during a traffic stop in Napa County. Because local officials there had refused to turn Hernandez-Morales in to ICE agents for deportation, he was roaming the streets free trying to kill police officers.
â€œIts own deputy almost got killed as a result of its refusal to honor ICE detainer requests,â€ says Wilcox.
â€œAnd this individual had been deported three times in the past â€¦ so they say thereâ€™s no need emergency or need for a wall, this criminal alien is just walking back into the country.â€
ICE had apparently asked for Hernandez-MoralesÂ fourÂ separate times, only to be denied by both the Napa County Sheriffâ€™s Department and the Sonoma County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
There was also the shooting of Kathryn Steinle on a pier in San Francisco back in 2015, which was committed by illegal alien Garcia Zarate (formerly known as Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez). Zarate was not onlyÂ notÂ deported for his crimes, but he was also declared â€œnot guiltyâ€ in court, even though he openly admitted that he shot and killed Steinle.
â€œWith the Democrats, itâ€™s about potential, future voters,â€ says Wilcox about why Leftists love catering to illegal aliens in violation of federal law.
â€œThey have an interest in bringing in new voters so that they can win elections. Thatâ€™s what thatâ€™s all about. I mean, 10 years ago, Democrats werenâ€™t out preaching sanctuary cities and open borders, that just wasnâ€™t their party platform. Theyâ€™ve swallowed this belief that if you want to stay in power, if you want to win future elections, more voters and diverse voters is the way to go,” Wilcox added.
â€œSanctuary cities are dangerous. Theyâ€™re not humane, theyâ€™re not compassionate,â€ Wilcox added. â€œPeople are dying. Itâ€™s senseless and avoidable deaths. Thereâ€™s no excuse for politicians to sell out their constituency for potential, future voters.â€
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.